Diabetes Network News | Published October 27, 2010

Diabetes Month Kicks off with Free Screenings, Cooking Demonstration and Education Seminar

On November 1, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, People Centre’d on Diabetes and the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity will kick off November as Diabetes Awareness Month with “An Evening on Diabetes.” This evening will start with free diabetes screenings for the community, a cooking demonstration and a presentation by Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE, FADA, Director, Clinical Education Programs, Strategic Initiatives at Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Maryniuk recently received the prestigious ADA Medallion award from the American Diabetes Association.

The screenings will assess A1C levels, or the amount of glucose in the blood screening. Normal glucose levels for this type of test are between 70 and 125mg. Levels may vary according to food intake, the type of glucose test and other factors. Knowing your numbers is an important first step in identifying pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Maryniuk’s presentation, "A Common Bond: Diabetes Around the World, Progress and Challenges," will begin at 6:00 p.m. and provide insight on the challenges diabetes is presenting healthcare systems around the world. This is especially true in developing areas such as China, India, the Middle East and Africa, where the incidence is increasing rapidly in parallel with the rapid rise in obesity that comes with a more prosperous lifestyle.

The screenings will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. A cooking demonstration will follow at 5:30 with certified executive chef Gary Glenn. The program will conclude with the presentation by Maryniuk in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The auditorium is accessible through entrance D at the rear of the Medical Center.

The Medical Center will also hold a walk on November 4 and diabetes self-management classes on November 3. For more information about diabetes month activities, call 231.7095 or visit www.mountnittany.org/diabetes.